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Research Ethics with Gender and Sexually Diverse Persons

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School of Social Work, Massey University, Auckland 0745, New Zealand
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School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7, Canada
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School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 OLT, UK
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School of Social Work, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
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School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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Department of Social Work and Social Care, Birmingham University, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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École de Service Social/School of Social Work, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6615; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186615
Received: 12 August 2020 / Revised: 7 September 2020 / Accepted: 9 September 2020 / Published: 11 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Inequalities and Social Support among LGBT + Populations)
Identifying and developing inclusive policy and practice responses to health and social inequities in gender and sexually diverse persons require inclusive research ethics and methods in order to develop sound data. This article articulates 12 ethical principles for researchers undertaking gender and sexually diverse social, health, and related research. We have called these the ‘Montréal Ethical Principles for Inclusive Research.’ While writing from an international social work perspective, our aim is to promote ethical research that benefits people being researched by all disciplines. This paper targets four groups of interest: 1. Cisgender and heterosexual researchers; 2. Researchers who research ‘general’ populations; 3. and sexually diverse researchers; 4. Human ethics committees. This article was stimulated by the 2018 Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles, which positions human dignity at its core. It is critically important to understand and account for the intersectionality of gender and sexuality with discourses of race, ethnicity, colonialism, dis/ability, age, etc. Taking this intersectionality into consideration, this article draws on scholarship that underpins ethical principles developed for other minoritized communities, to ensure that research addresses the autonomy of these participants at every stage. Research that positions inclusive research ethics at its foundation can provide a solid basis for policy and practice responses to health and social inequities in gender and sexually diverse persons. View Full-Text
Keywords: bisexual; gay; gender diverse; human ethics committees; lesbian; research ethics; transgender; ethical principles bisexual; gay; gender diverse; human ethics committees; lesbian; research ethics; transgender; ethical principles
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Henrickson, M.; Giwa, S.; Hafford-Letchfield, T.; Cocker, C.; Mulé, N.J.; Schaub, J.; Baril, A. Research Ethics with Gender and Sexually Diverse Persons. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6615. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186615

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Henrickson M, Giwa S, Hafford-Letchfield T, Cocker C, Mulé NJ, Schaub J, Baril A. Research Ethics with Gender and Sexually Diverse Persons. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6615. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186615

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Henrickson, Mark, Sulaimon Giwa, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Nick J. Mulé, Jason Schaub, and Alexandre Baril. 2020. "Research Ethics with Gender and Sexually Diverse Persons" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6615. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186615

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